Hello! This is my first blog for Real Life at Fontbonne, and also my first ever blog! So here goes.
I think that the best way to start is by introducing myself.
I am Amy Sinclair, and a Sophomore Transfer student here at Fontbonne. I started my college career at Illinois College, a small private 4-year college in Jacksonville, IL. I had the greatest year of my life there, it had it’s ups and downs of course, but I made some amazing friends. A question I get often is if things were so great there, why did you leave? It was a great school socially for me but I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life at that point. Over Christmas break I decided that I needed to suck it up and decide on a major. After much research I decided Speech Language Pathology would be a great fit for me but this major was not offered at IC. This is when I discovered Fontbonne University and after a visit in the spring, I fell in love with the campus and the friendly faculty that I met. It was sad to say goodbye to my friends, but I knew it was best for me and it is also close enough to visit now and then.
Upon arriving at Fontbonne for this fall semester I began having thoughts like what am I doing here? Why did I leave a good thing? Why didn’t I just choose a different major? I talked through it with friends and family and slowly began to realize that in the end what matters is my education and doing what is best for me. Once classes began and I started meeting with NSSLHA, I started to feel more at home. I no longer feel so homesick here and I know that those great friends aren’t going anywhere and that I can also make more great friends here! Sometimes it takes someone else reminding you that no matter how doubtful you feel about a decision or situation now, give it a few days, a week, or a few weeks, and you’ll get used to the new situation and begin to see that you just need to do what’s best for yourself!
Thanks for reading!
When I graduated high school in 2005, I decided to take a semester off before going to college for personal reasons. After many people thought I wouldn’t go to school, I decided to go to Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo in the spring. I traveled there by greyhound, not having visited even previously visited the campus. But something just felt right when I talked to my advisors and financial aide assistants over the phone, so all systems were go.
My first semester there was great. I was even hired on campus as a overnight desk clerk in the housing office thanks to recommendations from other faculty members that new me. But something was missing. The classes were huge and the teachers never called you by name. People were divided into clicks. Being that I was a St. Louisan they( the Kansas City dwellers) automatically assumed things about me that weren’t true. If only they had taken a chance to get to know me, they would know that they were not true I shook off my insecurity as being homesick, but it couldn’t have been that, since I went home to Saint Louis twice a month. It was the bonding factor. The professors had a wall that I could not penetrate; the students were prisoners and they were the wardens. I couldn’t come talk to them as human beings so I decided after a year it was time to move on.
I applied for Fontbonne and was immediately accepted (again never visiting the campus). My first semester was great: the teachers new my name and even recognized when I didn’t come to class… which was not that often. Even after having to drop a class because of financial aid reasons the teacher whose class I dropped still remembered my name a year later!!! I was amazed!!!! Fontbonne is like a place and I feel so at home here. The professors look out for their students. That let me know I made the right decision transferring here.
If anyone wants a place where they can feel like they can open up to the professors, joke around in class and know what it really means to be connected to a university I would advise them to go to Fontbonne. It changed what I thought a university would be, should be and could be.
Apply today, and check out the upcoming open house just for transferring students!